Archaeology in the News! 17 ‘lost’ pyramids found by satellite

See? This is the kind of awesome results you can get when you merge archaeology with state-of-the-art technology. For science! 17 lost pyramids found by satellite Scientists at the University of Alabama also found 3000 ancient settlements using a new technique of infra-red imaging. The astonishing results have been confirmed by archaeologists with picks and shovels, who have located two of the pyramids found from space. “I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the ‘aha’ moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found,’ Dr Sarah Parcak told the BBC. “I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt.” The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 400 miles above the Earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pinpoint objects less than a yard in diameter. Read more

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Hoard of Roman coins unearthed at Colchester dig

Pretty shiny finds! Check it out!

A collection of Roman coins has been unearthed by archaeologists excavating a former barracks in Colchester.

Two pots, one of them containing 1,247 coins, were discovered on the site of the former Hyderabad and Meeanee barracks, which are being redeveloped.

The coins, known as antoniniani, date back to between 251 and 271 AD.

Philip Crummy from the Colchester Archaeological Trust said the find would shed light on how people looked after their money in Roman times.

The coins have been sent to the British Museum for analysis and will then be donated by developer Taylor Wimpey, which owns the land, to Colchester Museum.

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